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Ken McKinnon (politician)

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John Kenneth McKinnon
Commissioner of the Yukon
In office
March 27, 1986 – June 23, 1995
Prime MinisterBrian Mulroney
Kim Campbell
Jean Chrétien
PremierTony Penikett
John Ostashek
Preceded byDouglas Bell
Succeeded byJudy Gingell
Yukon Territorial Council
In office
September 11, 1961 – September 8, 1964
Preceded byriding established
Succeeded byKen Thompson
ConstituencyWhitehorse North
In office
September 11, 1967 – September 8, 1970
Preceded byKen Thompson
Succeeded byClive Tanner
Yukon Territorial Council
In office
September 8, 1970 – October 7, 1974
Preceded byJohn Dumas
Succeeded byFlo Whyard
ConstituencyWhitehorse West
Yukon Territorial Council
In office
October 7, 1974 – November 20, 1978
Preceded byposition established
Succeeded byGeoff Lattin
ConstituencyWhitehorse North Centre
Personal details
Born(1936-04-20)April 20, 1936
Winnipeg, Manitoba
DiedMarch 13, 2019(2019-03-13) (aged 82)
Whitehorse, Yukon

John Kenneth McKinnon (April 20, 1936 – March 13, 2019) was a Canadian politician and was Commissioner of the Yukon (1986–1995).[1][2]

Early life

The son of Alex McKinnon and Catherine Luce, he was educated in Norwood, at St. Paul's College and at the University of Manitoba. McKinnon married Judy S. Chenley. He was vice-president and general manager of Northern Television Services.[3]

McKinnon was a Member of the Yukon Territorial Council from 1961 to 1964 and from 1967 to 1974. McKinnon was then appointed Minister of Local Government in 1974, Minister of Highways and Public Works in 1976. He was then Yukon Administrator of the Northern Pipeline Agency from 1979 to 1984 and appointed Commissioner March 27, 1986 then retired in June 1995. McKinnon was chancellor of Yukon College from 2000 to 2004.

In 2007, he was named chair of the Yukon Environmental and Socio-Economic Assessment Board.[4]

In March 2019, the Yukon legislature announced that McKinnon had died. He was 82.[5]


  1. ^ The Canadian Who's who
  2. ^ The Canadian Parliamentary Guide
  3. ^ Flanagan, Kathleen M. (1991). Canadian Parliamentary Companion, 1991. ISBN 0-921925-40-9.
  4. ^ "Minister Prentice Announces New Chair of the Yukon Environmental and Socio-Economic Assessment Board". Indian and Northern Affairs Canada. June 29, 2007. Archived from the original on June 13, 2011. Retrieved 2009-12-19.
  5. ^ Former Yukon politician, businessman Ken McKinnon dies age 82
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